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1 Reports & Research Reducing writing anxiety Get a calendar or academic planner. Get a calendar or academic planner. First write down the due date of the paper.First write down the due date of the paper. Next, count backwards. How many days will you need to edit, re-write, revise, write, take notes, research, read, select, and narrow the topic?Next, count backwards. How many days will you need to edit, re-write, revise, write, take notes, research, read, select, and narrow the topic? Now you know what day you will need to begin the paper.Now you know what day you will need to begin the paper. Review and revise this process after each paper.Review and revise this process after each paper. Invest in a computer Invest in a computer Do not depend on other people to bail you out.Do not depend on other people to bail you out. You will quickly learn that other people will give their paper top priority. You will quickly learn that other people will give their paper top priority. Even paid typist can be unreliable. Even paid typist can be unreliable. When proofreading text: When proofreading text: Start at the end of your paper. Read one sentence at a time and work your way to the beginning. Why? Your brain already knows what you have written. By reading from the end to beginning, the pattern is broken and you will find more errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.Start at the end of your paper. Read one sentence at a time and work your way to the beginning. Why? Your brain already knows what you have written. By reading from the end to beginning, the pattern is broken and you will find more errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Do not rely on spell-check. Do not rely on spell-check. Remember to check for words that have multiple spellings. GRemember to check for words that have multiple spellings. G Plagiarism means taking another persons words or ideas as your own. Plagiarism means taking another persons words or ideas as your own. Be careful to always cite your sources whether you quote directly or paraphrase.Be careful to always cite your sources whether you quote directly or paraphrase.

2 Reports & Research Library Tips Do not wait until your first research paper/project to scope out the library. Do not wait until your first research paper/project to scope out the library. Many libraries offer tours for freshmen.Many libraries offer tours for freshmen. Determine the library’s resources, as well as its limitations, as early as possible.Determine the library’s resources, as well as its limitations, as early as possible. Learn now to use library computers and card catalogs to fins books by subject matter.Learn now to use library computers and card catalogs to fins books by subject matter. Practice using every machine in the library (i.e., microfiche, CD ROMs, etc.Practice using every machine in the library (i.e., microfiche, CD ROMs, etc. Use the Readers Guide to Periodical Literature for magazine articles.Use the Readers Guide to Periodical Literature for magazine articles. Use encyclopedias for general information on most know topics.Use encyclopedias for general information on most know topics. Use almanacs for facts, lists, charts, and tables.Use almanacs for facts, lists, charts, and tables. Use atlases for maps, etc.Use atlases for maps, etc. Ask the librarian for instructions on using them and help in locating other specific reference sources for your paper.Ask the librarian for instructions on using them and help in locating other specific reference sources for your paper. Know copier rules and procedures in advance. Know copier rules and procedures in advance. Where are copiers located?Where are copiers located? Does the copier require cash or some sort of copy card.Does the copier require cash or some sort of copy card. Talk to students. Talk to students. Especially those browsing shelves or studying in the same area. You never know what kind of contact you could make or what kind of information you could gain.Especially those browsing shelves or studying in the same area. You never know what kind of contact you could make or what kind of information you could gain. Check out the local community libraries. Check out the local community libraries. They may house the obscure article or book you need to earn that “A.”They may house the obscure article or book you need to earn that “A.”


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